Flana­gan re-elected to lead Se­nate GOP

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

Re­pub­li­cans in the New York state Se­nate have re-elected John Flana­gan to be their leader.

The Long Is­land politi­cian is ex­pected to pre­side over the en­tire Se­nate when law­mak­ers re­turn to Albany in Jan­uary. The Se­nate now has 32 Democrats and 31 Re­pub­li­cans, though Re­pub­li­cans lead the cham­ber thanks to the sup­port of a hand­ful of break­away Democrats.

Re­pub­li­cans gath­ered in Albany on Mon­day to cast the vote, which was unan­i­mous.

Flana­gan says Re­pub­li­cans will work to make New York more af­ford­able for work­ing-class and mid­dle-class peo­ple, ex­pand eco­nomic and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties and to ad­dress prob­lems in­clud­ing heroin ad­dic­tion and Lyme dis­ease.

Democrats are ex­pected to be led by Sen. An­drea Ste­wart-Cousins of Yonkers.

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